DA: Wife of slain Olympian to face murder charge

A prosecutor says he intends to file murder and firearms charges

against the widow of an Olympic shot put medalist who was gunned

down in his Southern California back yard.

Jane Laut was arrested Saturday by Oxnard police and is being

held on $3 million bail. The 52-year-old woman is expected to

appear in court Tuesday in connection with the slaying.

Lead prosecutor Bill Haney tells the Ventura County Star he

intends to file murder and firearms against Laut in Ventura County

Superior Court.

Dave Laut, a shot-putter who won a bronze medal in the 1984

Olympics, was killed on Aug. 27.

Jane Laut’s attorney Ron Bamieh says Dave Laut abused his wife

and she was acting in self-defense.

Bamieh says his client will plead not guilty and seek lower


Information from: Ventura County Star,